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Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money

Charlie Joe Jackson Series (Volume 4)

Tommy Greenwald, illustrated by J. P. Coovert

Roaring Brook Press



Charlie Joe's weekly allowance just isn't cutting it and he desperately needs money to buy a Botman, the latest gadget to sweep his middle school. Only catch is, he wants to earn the money by doing the least amount of work possible. After several failed attempts, including a near disastrous day of dog-walking, Charlie Joe hatches a plan to throw his own bar mitzvah (no gifts please—checks only) even though he's not Jewish. Hilarity ensues when throwing a fake coming-of-age party turns out to be much harder than it looks.

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year



First, a little background.

I discovered the joy of money when I was little, and my parents gave me and my older sister, Megan, an allowance. Like a dollar a week—nothing major, but enough for candy, or soda,...


Praise for Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money

“* With his 'deep-seated love of not reading,' this title's young narrator, Charlie Joe, speaks straight to other book-averse middle-schoolers. But avid readers will equally enjoy Charlie Joe's story, with its wild parodies and plot and character surprises that continue to the very end. A perfect read aloud, this debut is filled with passages that beg to be shared . . . with its subversive humor and contemporary details drawn straight from kids' worlds, this clever title should attract a wide following.” —Booklist, starred review

“Slackers everywhere have a new, likable hero in Charlie Joe Jackson.” —Kirkus

“Anyone concerned about the state of education in America will be more concerned after reading this book. But slacker kids who want to mail in their next book report will find it beneficial.” —Kenny Mayne, ESPN Sportscaster

“Watch out Wimps! Charlie Joe Jackson is showing kids exactly how its done... and by "it" I mean how to avoid that pesky task of reading a book. However, what these students don't know is that in the process of learning how to avoid reading a book... oops they've read one... and if the experience of this librarian is correct, it will only be the first book they will read! When your new readers discover they have finished this book they will be struck by one of two thoughts: 1. Where's the sequel? 2. That wasn't so bad... got anything else like it. Charlie Joe Jackson is like a free scoop of ice cream... enticing, cool and will leave the newly minted readers hungry for more!” —Josh Newhouse, Librarian and Reading Advocate, Sligh Middle Magnet School; Tampa, Florida

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